The US government has enforced a volley of immigration and visa rules. Their stringent nature is compelling several immigrants to chew iron bullets. By the end of 2017, nearly 21,000 Indians were in the USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) list of ‘expired visa’. Reportedly, they have been overstaying the permissible stay in the USA.
An official annual report of the Department of Homeland Security confirms that more than 10.7 lakh Indians went on B-1 and B-2 visa in 2017. These visas allow native citizens to acquire NRI status in the American continent and work, do business or visit there.
The recent amendments in its immigration policy had pushed the buzzer for 14,204 overstaying immigrants from the Indian region. Out of these, 1,708 NRIs left for India after the expiry of their visa. But still, there are 12,498 non-residents who did not come back. There is no record of their departure from the immigration book of the United States.
Now, they would face off some critical penalties, like fat compensation, legal battle and imprisonment. They are under severe panic as the trial before a special judge could be time-consuming. Together with this fact, they have to incur costs of living without pay there. It’s an invitation to a big financial crisis for them.
Services 2 NRI has started providing them with a complete guide of what-to-do and what-not-to-do when their visa expires. Its guidance emerges as a torch in the dark for the NRIs. Its CEO stated, “We have been keeping an eye on the foreign affairs and its advancements. It seems as if immigrants have lack of upgraded visa knowledge. We are trying to update them via our visa support program.”
He further added, “Around 4.5 lakh non-immigrants from our continent were likely to come back by the end of 2017. But only a few departed legally serving the exact visa period. Still 9, 568 non-immigrants are to come back. They are overstaying there. Our visa support programs will definitely inform them about how they could overcome this visa crisis. It would let them escape the dire consequences of the visa rule violation. We’re hoping that positive will happen to them for sure.”